Here is an easy technique for making your own raindrop and teardrop shapes in Silhouette Studio. I've also included a free Silhouette Compatible cut file which you can download from here.
The key, is to start with a circle and simply point edit the top node. Double-click on the circle to show nodes and drag the top one upwards. Change the node type to a corner and drag into the shape you like.
Duplicate the shape in exactly the same position by holding down the Alt key and clicking on the shape. Flip the shape by right-clicking and selecting Flip Horizontally. Then select both shapes and chose the Intersect option within the Modify window
If you want a rounded tip, I find the easiest way is to use the Offset tool. If you want your shape to remain the same size, simply internal offset and then external offset y the same amount. That way the shape will be identical, but just without the sharp tip
Designer Edition owners can use the rotate copies option within the Replicate window to turn their raindrop shapes into flowers. Simply drag the centre of rotation to the top or bottom and click replicate. Alternatively the new Object to Path functionality can do this too and it's available to all users. I'll post an another video soon.
Want a selection of raindrop shapes to use immediately? Download my freebie and you'll have all these shapes to choose from (click the image to download).
I've been neglecting the wee blog recently, but don't worry I've been crafting hard, so I have lots of things to update you with. In the next few weeks I'll tell you all about my kitchen revamp, screen-printing and enamelling workshops and my paper weaving hot air balloon project. If you have any requests for tutorials, let me know and if know how to do it I'll certainly rewrite a post. If I don't know how I'll try my hardest to find out!! 'Til next time, Nadine
Bows. Like many crafters, I have a love-hate relationship with them. I would hate to count the hours I have a faffed with a bit of ribbon that is tormenting me with it's wonky loop or tail. That said, I wouldn't be without them - whether on cards or in hair, made with ribbon, paper or fabric, there is something so prim and pretty about the perfect bow.
Fabric and card Bows
I started a little bow factory at Christmas making lots of shiny and sparkly bow hair clips as presents for the little kiddos in my life.
I bought my supplies from GlitterGlitterOnTheWall. Beware, this site is amazing and you may find your cart growing uncontrollably!
Download your free SIlhouette cut file or PDF here
I thought I would be able to cut the chunky glitter fabric with my Silhouette Cameo, but no dice. I could barely even cut it with my crazy sharp big fabric scissors! Instead, I printed out my templates onto A4 sticker paper, stuck this to the underside of my fabric and cut out by hand.
Other felt back fabrics, leatherettes, paper and card are of course fine with the Silhouette. Below are photos of some bows I made from a fab glitter wallpaper that cuts like a dream. I haven't even gotten around to buying a full roll yet as I'm still going strong with just the couple of small sample strips I got from my local B&Q store!
Karen's Perfect Bows
Now let's move on to ribbon. A friend that I met on my favourite facebook craft group makes the most adorable bows.
We pestered Karen for the secret to her perfect bows and she kindly photographed all the steps, so I converted them into a wee video:
Flat Knots for the 'Bow-Impaired'
One of my favourite ways of decorating a gift is by faking a bow with a reef knot. It is quick, uses very little ribbon and is simple and stylish.
Here's the video that I follow. My brain annoyingly refuses to store these simple steps, so I have to watch the video every single time!
I decided to have a shot at making an origami bow and found a good YouTube tutorial. The steps are easy once you've practiced them a few times, but I found it a bit more complex than other origami designs.
Great Bow Shops
Hi gang, I'm a member of a few facebook groups for Silhouette users and they are amazingly friendly and helpful places to ask advice about suppliers, techniques and software. Today, there was a question about how to take one shape away from another and my friend mentioned that not many people know how to use the tools in the modify window.
I had a quick example which people found very useful, so figured I'd share here and also give you a pdf link in case you want to print it out.
Click here for the Mastering Modify Tools PDF
In the example above, crop and intersect do the same thing, but if more than two shapes are selected then they behave differently. Here's an example with three overlapping rectangles:
In case you're looking for it, the Modify button is just to the left of the Trace button. You can also navigate to it from the Object menu at the very top.
I hope this helps, any questions just holler :)
My inner kid and not so inner geek were very happy with this quick little project. Hop over to Silhouette UK if you'd like to make one yourself - it takes just 1 sheet of acetate and within 6 mins from clicking download you can be playing with your new toy :)
I created a dingbat font from scratch!!! Permit me to be a boring boasty-boaster pants for a moment please as I'm seriously chuffed with my wee self!
I'm a HUGE fan of the blog Clever Someday and found Kay's Border Bits font really changed how I used Silhouette Studio. It allows you to curve cicles, hearts and more snazzy shapes such as fleur-de-lis around any Silhouette Studio shape. This is not normally possible, but because it is a font, you can use the text-to-path functionality. This frees you to to do way more with your own designs and I use it alot.
So, when making fabric appliques with HTV edging for my niece Emily, I thought it would be nice if I could do embroidery style edging. I looked around but couldn't find anything, so with another tutorial from Kay, I took the plunge and made one myself. I'm such a geek, I stayed up through the night one Friday to make it, I'm so rock and roll haha!
Here's my Silhouette UK blog post which has a free link to download and it shows you hints and tips for using. Next week, I'll have another blog post which will show how to use it with htv to make some baby rompers.
Hi guys, up on the Silhouette UK Blog today we have a step-by-step tutorial for a papercut that I made for a wedding gift for my friends Emily and Callum.
This combines with the tutorial from last week, which is a guide to how to design many different styles of papercutting.
My tutorial to make faux leather mystery braid bracelets has been posted on the Silhouette UK blog today. They also work as hairbands or even a belt for all little lady.
This tutorial was just the most fun. I became very addicted to making these little origami lanterns, so my craft room has them all lined up along my window :)
It started out as a simple prototyping exercise to pick a design for some bedside lampshades, but I decided that they are super cute on their own. The tutorial shows you how to make these lanterns and also includes a bonus free Silhouette cut file.
Blog about craft, design and interiors. Includes DIY tutorials for gifts and the home, often using my trustee Silhouette Cameo.